Why we will all vote for Obama
George commented | 5 hours ago
The fuss about the defense spending bill is bogus. Here is the relevant text from the law directly from the Library of Congress website. The link is http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.R.1540: Unfortunately their web system is stupidly screwy, so there's no way to deep link to the full text. You have to click on the web link for the 7th version of the bill, the link named "[H.R.1540.ENR]", then click on "Printer Friendly" to get the full text. The detention section everybody has been fussing about is Section 1022. MILITARY CUSTODY FOR FOREIGN AL-QAEDA TERRORISTS. (Search for 1022 or just scroll down.)
Here are Section 1022 Subsection B paragraphs 1 and 2 in their entirety: "(b) Applicability to United States Citizens and Lawful Resident Aliens- (1) UNITED STATES CITIZENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to citizens of the United States. (2) LAWFUL RESIDENT ALIENS- The requirement to detain a person in military custody under this section does not extend to a lawful resident alien of the United States on the basis of conduct taking place within the United States, except to the extent permitted by the Constitution of the United States."
(And I wish the Comedy Central comment system wasn't something out of the dark ages so I could use an HTML quote block for that, so you could f*cking read it.) As you can see, the applicability to US citizens went from specifically included by the Senate bill to specifically excluded in the final reconciled bill that passed both the House and the Senate.
The President's signing statement was reluctant about the possibility of reducing Executive power, not about the detainment provisions. So... our idiot national press got it wrong, as usual.
Are we still screwed? Oh yes. The assinine PATRIOT Act is still in effect, as is the Authorization for Use of Military Force Act of 2001, and the ******* sellouts in the Senate are still seriously talking about SOPA, so yes, we're screwed. But not by the NDAA2012 law.
It just spends $682 billion we don't have, on sh*t we mostly don't need.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Greenconsciousness notes: and do not forget the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)
For those of you too disgusted to vote, I understand. I feel the same way. But I must say, voting is necessary only to gain time before they drive us into oblivion. To gain time for a series of actions that prepare mass consciousness for social change. Voting is all we can do now that we are without the power, wealth or energy to make change.
United Republic was supposed to do the campaign for constitutional amendments but their vision is limited and inadequate. SOS. Not a slate of connected amendments but a pin your hopes on one top down possibility. The left (United Republic) is coalescing behind their (Senator Bernie Sander's) corporation amendment which is a half measure that will exhaust the citizens and solve nothing. (Funny how the supposedly "radical" left always ends up holding hands with the bread and circus elected Democrats).
Can we be more disgusted with voting for these totally corrupted caricatures of humanity? How can we stomach the voting booth and reassure them that their lies are still effective? Now the morally bankrupt Democrats are trying to throw Hillary to the masses as they frantically scramble to cover their failures. After they used her to gut programs for women in the State Dept. and she did it. After Obama directed Hillary Clinton to negotiate with Karzi to bring the Taliban into the government so Obama can get out of Afghanistan or promise to do so before the election - and she did it. Hillary Clinton, that champion of women's rights, carrying water for her party and her man, negotiating with the Taliban for their return to power. Western feminist pretending not to notice as Afghan women in terror fade into their burquas again? Now finally, one or two programs for women at State, tiny programs, to show and tell at election time. Look what we did. How can we drag our self to the voting booth for these zombie politicians again?
And the right is truly fascist while they preach about freedom. The freedom to exploit other people, especially women.
The corporate left and right passed the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) and there are protesters in prison for writing in chalk on the sidewalk outside the home of a primate “researcher”. There is an island owned by the military where they use animals in horrible experiments they mean to unleash on the world. Even the earth itself is sick of them. The earth is hysterical.
We need to vote in order to gain time for the masses to understand that the 99% have to amend the US Constitution to equalize the balance of power between the Big Money global oligarchy and United States democracy.